GALLERY EXHIBITIONS / READINGS
Sanford Wurmfeld: Variations, March 2 – April 20, 2019
Gabriele Evertz & Sanford Wurmfeld: Polychromy, July 8 – August 12, 2017
On Paper, July 9 – August 13, 2016
Sanford Wurmfeld: Light & Dark, March 29 – May 4, 2013
Epitaphs: Reception, Reading & Book Signing with Sanford Wurmfeld & Gerald Jonas, May 4, 2012
Pointing a Telescope at the Sun, August 6 – September 17, 2011
Sanford Wurmfeld (b. 1942 in Bronx, NY) has exhibited his work worldwide in solo and group exhibitions since the late 1960s. In 2013, he was the subject of a major 45-year survey exhibition entitled Sanford Wurmfeld: Color Visions, 1966-2013 curated by William C. Agee at Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, NYC. He has also presented solo exhibitions at Neuberger Museum of Art, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Galerie Denise Rene, Susan Caldwell Gallery, Bard College, Maxwell Davidson Gallery (all New York), Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum (Hagen, Germany), Mucsarnok Kunsthalle (Budapest, Hungary), Talbot-Rice Gallery (Edinburgh, Scotland), and Ewing Museum Gallery (Knoxville, TN).
In 1968, Wurmfeld was the youngest artist included in the landmark exhibition Art of the Real curated by Eugene Goossen at the Museum of Modern Art, NY. The exhibition traveled for the next two years to the Grand Palais (Paris, France), Kunsthaus (Zurich, Switzerland), and The Tate Gallery (London, England). Wurmfeld’s other museum group exhibitions include the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Academy Museum (both New York), Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (Summit, NJ), Dayton Art Museum (Dayton, OH), Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach, CA), Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum (Hagen, Germany), and Espace de l’Art Concret (Mouans-Sartoux, France), among others.
Here at the gallery, Wurmfeld mounted the well-received solo exhibition Light & Dark in 2013 and presented new paintings in the two-person exhibition Polychromy alongside Gabriele Evertz in 2017. His work was also highlighted in our group exhibitions On Paper in 2016 and Pointing a Telescope at the Sun in 2011, among other projects.
Complementing his studio practice, Wurmfeld has lectured and written extensively on the history of color, painting, and abstraction. He has received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, City University of New York, and Dartmouth College. Wurmfeld’s work is included in collections worldwide, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum (all New York), Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Sprengler Museum (both Germany), and Espace de l’Art Concret (France), among others.
In addition to his artistic work, Wurmfeld taught in the Department of Art at Hunter College from 1967-2012, where he educated and mentored countless generations of artists. Originally invited to join the faculty by sculptor Tony Smith and critic Eugene Goossen, Wurmfeld was Chairman of the department from 1978-2006.
“I think the semantic connotation of the viewer is uncontrollable by the artist. We each bring to the paintings some kind of baggage that is far from universal, and so each of these paintings has a different emotional content. I mean emotional as an almost visceral response, rather than a feeling you would name with words. I recognize that it’s there, but I don’t think it’s something that I’m particularly controlling for the viewer. I’m just creating something that creates a kind of visceral response in me. And then it may or may not have that kind of response in other people.” (Sanford Wurmfeld interview with Theresa Andrea Morrison, October 11, 2012; Sanford Wurmfeld: Color Visions 1966-2013 catalog, Hunter College Times Square Gallery, 2013)